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22, September 2015

Gallery Glimpse: The Art of Coffee

What has approximately 260,000 coffee beans and requires the help of more than 40 MHM staff and volunteers? It's a five-panel mosaic composed of six shades of coffee beans, each one glued by hand onto the panels. When complete, the five panels will be hung together to form an 8 by 20 foot view of the St. Louis skyline, which will be on display in Coffee: The World in Your Cup & St. Louis in Your Cup, opening October 3. Read more »

21, September 2015

World War I Artifacts and Memories: The Preparedness Movement

As war broke out across Europe in August 1914, America was a country split. U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, a leader of the Progressive Movement, adopted a stance of strict neutrality for the United States, stating to Congress on August 19, 1914: Read more »

11, September 2015

Something's Brewing: Coffee Exhibit Opens October 3

By the end of the year, the Missouri History Museum will have opened an astonishing six exhibits, including a permanent children’s exhibit (History Clubhouse) and the popular A Walk in 1875 St. Louis. On October 3, we’ll open our final exhibit for 2015: Coffee: The World in Your Cup & St. Louis in Your Cup. Read more »

28, August 2015

Missouri Listory: Creepy Objects in Our Collection


Napoleon Complex  

After his death while exiled on the island of St. Helena in 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte was still making impressions. His attending doctors took a gypsum cast of his head, which was later reproduced in bronze and plaster. Before the advent of cameras, death masks were made to preserve the likeness of the deceased. This practice dates back to ancient Egypt. Read more »

25, August 2015

Unearthing St. Louis's Prehistory

As an anthropology and archaeology major, I usually work with small and incomplete objects, since sitting in the ground for hundreds or thousands of years is typically quite rough on artifacts. While interning this summer at the Library and Research Center of the Missouri Historical Society, I received the unique opportunity to work with some of the Society’s prehistoric collections. Since information on the ancient people who lived in the St. Read more »

21, August 2015

Mary Taussig Hall: A Lifetime Committed to Social Reform

On August 12, Mary Taussig (Tompkins) Hall passed away at age 104. Mrs. Hall spent most of her long life helping citizens of the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri. During the 1930s and 1940s, she became part of the social movement arising from the New Deal, focusing primarily on child welfare and race relations. Read more »

19, August 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories: “Chow” Time

William H. Danforth was born in Mississippi County, Missouri, in 1870. An ambitious man, in 1894 he founded the Purina Mills Company at age 24. A significant producer of animal feed, the Purina Mills Company went on to expand into breakfast cereals and renamed the company the Ralston-Purina Company. The renaming was the result of an endorsement of their cereals by Webster Edgerly, founder of Ralstonism, a pseudo-health and social movement. Read more »

12, August 2015

Making Connections

“Could you help me find Third Street and Morgan?” I had barely begun leading a tour through A Walk in 1875 St. Louis when a woman asked me this question. While preparing for this tour I had pored over each enlarged panel of Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis; studied landmarks, churches, homes of famous St. Louisans; and taken reams of notes. I couldn’t recall a historic building on that particular corner. Read more »

6, August 2015

Mapping the Weird: The 9 Strangest Things on Pictorial St. Louis

While researching A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, I spent more than a year poring over Pictorial St. Louis, the incredible map that is a focal point of the exhibit. With more than 40 square miles of 1875 St. Louis before me, I was certain I would find some interesting details hidden on the pages. While there was no shortage of surprises, there were a few I just couldn’t get over… Read more »

30, July 2015

Swabbing the Decks: Conserving a Steamboat Model

Preparing an object for exhibition involves a thorough examination in the conservation lab to determine the overall stability and condition of the item. Addressing concerns before exhibition helps ensure the overall preservation of the object for both the short term of the exhibit and the long term as part of our collection. Read more »